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Over 25 audio stories from community leaders boldly and creatively tackling social issues in Providence. Listen in.
Recent Stories on Sparks
Jennifer is a member of the 2014-15 College Advising Corps at Brown. The College Advising Corps’ mission is
to serve first generation low-income minority students within the Providence Public High School District and ensure that they are provided access to the resources and preparation to apply to a four year university. Jennifer is
currently serving her year at the Corps’ newest host site; Providence Career and Technical Academy, its only partnership with a vocational high school.
Andrew Kaplan '15 and Sam Gilman '15 think the millennial voice is not being heard in Washington D.C. Through Common Sense Action (CSA), they strive to empower and mobilize millenials – red, blue, and in between – through CSA chapters across 40 college campuses nationwide. In the fall of 2013, these chapters formulated The Agenda for Generational Equity (AGE), the nation’s first millennial bipartisan policy agenda. This past midterm election, CSA successfully registered 3,310 voters across the country.
Read reflections and see photos from some of this year's Innovate Winter Break interns, a program of the Social Innovation Initiative and Brown CareerLAB that provides two-week mini-internships during winter break at organizations dedicated to social justice, impact, and entrepreneurship in Boston and NYC.
Sarah Skeels is a professor, an activist, and a world-class sailor. In her popular course "Pathology to Power: Disability, Health, and Community," she teaches students to think critically about how disability fits into the world around them. But before they learn to think about disability, they need to learn how to talk about it.
In conversation, Chanelle Adams chooses her words carefully. Language is important to the Editor-in-Chief of Bluestockings, Brown’s feminist media platform.
A senior concentrating in Science and Technology studies, she also claims she “majored in extracurriculars” during her time at Brown - she works for the archives of Anne Faust-Sterling, coordinates the Multiracial Heritage Series for the Brown Center for Students of Color, manages the Bluestockings blog, and tutors for BRYTE, among other endeavors and programs. Even further off-the-beaten track, she worked at the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health in Providence. We chatted about how her views of feminism and language have developed throughout her Brown experience.
Sophie Duncan '16 was the Project Assistant and Interviewer for Imagine Providence, an audio storytelling project on Swearer Sparks that features local organizations of all shapes, sizes, and missions. Imagine Providence is a resource to inform students and residents about the inspiring, amazing, and innovative efforts of local groups, and catalyze each listener to explore and learn more from leading organizations in Providence. Here, Sophie reflects on her role.